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Nicole Borsook November 28, 2007 Dr. Funk Modern US Politics and Diplomacy Ronald Reagan and Andrew Young Ronald Reagan was the 40 th President of the United States. He was a hard worker who did very well in the public eye. He was a supporter or laissez-faire and was a devoted conservative. Reagan, however, was not always a Republican. Originally he was a Democrat who later switched to the Republican Party. Andrew Young on the other hand continuously belonged to the Democratic Party. Andrew Young Junior was a civil rights activist who worked very closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. Along with being an American civil rights activist, he was the first African-American ambassador to serve for the United Nations. Although these two men seem very different, they were also very similar. Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on February 6, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois. He was the child of John “Jack” Reagan and Nelle Wilson Reagan (Wikipedia). His nickname was “Dutch” which came from his father’s nickname for him when he was a baby which was, “fat little Dutchman” (Tygiel 8). Reagan had one older brother named Neil. The Reagans moved to Chicago right before Ronald turned four (Tygiel, 4). After eight months in Chicago, the family picked up their belongings and moved to Galesburg after Jack was arrested for public drunkenness and released from his job at the Fair Store (Tygiel 5). The family kept moving because of Jack’s drinking problem. By 1919, the Reagans eventually ended up back in Tampico. This did not last forever because in 1920, the moved to Dixon. Ronald’s mother, Nelle, was a very religious woman. “She visited the resident at the state hospital, distributed Bibles to
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inmates at the local jail, and prayed at the bedside of those who fell ill” (Tygiel 6-7). Ronald’s father was a Catholic while Nelle was Presbyterian. Often times, Ronald accompanied his mother to the Dixon State Hospital to entertain the patients. Neil was always his “father’s son” while Ronald was his “mother’s son,” and Ronald was less outgoing than his other brother Neil. Ronald had poor eyesight; therefore, he could never play baseball. As a result, he took up football and swimming. Ronald became an amazing swimmer and even took up lifeguarding at the age of 16 (Tygiel 11). While he was not the best student, he was always very involved in many sports and clubs. He was on the varsity football and basketball teams, an editor for the Dixonian , vice-president of the Boys’ Hi-Y—which was a moral support organization, and president of the senior class. He also joined the Dramatic Club with his girlfriend Margaret Cleaver and they became known as the school’s “model couple” (Tygiel 9). Ronald was a very talented writer and wrote many impressive pieces of writing. He graduate from high school in 1928 and from there attended Eureka College, with Margaret—his high school sweetheart.
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